cut throat

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cut (someone's) throat

To bring about or be the cause of someone's ruin, downfall, or failure. That discount supermarket is cutting our throats, there's no way we can compete with their prices! Jim set out to cut his brother's throat after finding out that he'd been swindled.
See also: cut, throat
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cut one's (own) throat

Fig. [for someone] to bring about one's (own) failure. If I were to run for office, I'd just be cutting my throat. Judges who take bribes are cutting their own throats.
See also: cut, throat
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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So they bought shrouds, and laying them in a convenient place prepared to cut their throats. While they were grinding their razors some Tramps passing that way stole the shrouds.
He first said he choked the two children, but later confessed to using a knife to cut their throats. He confirmed that the knife found at the house was the murder weapon, and also confessed to wroting the note which was found at the apartment.
SIALKOT -- An industrial worker was killed while his colleague injured seriously when a kite string cut their throats while they were riding a motorcycle in Naikapura locality.
Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake detained the four Tamil adults, three teenagers and one five-year-old in 2000, then cut their throats and buried them in a mass grave in the northern Jaffna peninsula, the Colombo High Court heard.
A police spokesman said: "When the couple reached there, they tied them with ropes and the girl's father cut their throats."
The only thing this government hasn't done to the working class is cut their throats. Keep your fingers crossed, they have 12 months left!
He had found three cuts on the goats throats - the first cut would not have worked and it took a number of attempts to cut their throats successfully.
He made the grisly remark about the two people he'd argued with, and said he'd come back and "cut their throats".
McBeth said: "For instance, with Mr Warner, the English are over there spending a lot of money on women's football and refereeing where he would happily cut their throats. They don't realise that's going on.
The demonstration passed off peacefully although 3 men cut their throats with razor blades apparently in protest at the verdict).
Charles Adair QC, prosecuting, said Stone told police: "I planned to stab Adams and McGuinness and cut their throats."
Two brave policemen saw the knifeman who cut their throats jailed for 11 years.
He had told an RSPCA inspector: "I hit them with a hammer to stun them and then I cut their throats.